jasper

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English[edit]

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A jasper ball (2)

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French jaspre, a variant of jaspe (modern French jaspe), from Latin iaspis, from Ancient Greek ἴασπις (iaspis), ultimately (via an oriental language) from Persian یشپ (yašp).

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jasper (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) Any bright-coloured kind of chalcedony apart from cornelian.
  2. (mineralogy) An opaque, impure variety of quartz, of red, yellow, and other dull colors, breaking conchoidally with a smooth surface.
  3. Jasperware pottery.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From the male personal name Jasper.

Noun[edit]

jasper (plural jaspers)

  1. (UK, colloquial) A wasp. (West Country dialects, Somerset County)
  2. (US, slang) A person, a guy, especially seen as naïve or simple.
    • 1975, Tom Waits, ‘Nighthawk Postcards (From Easy Street)’:
      Standing on the corner like a just-got-in-town jasper.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 122:
      “That jasper,” sniggered Darby, “never pulled out his ‘dummy’ for nothing but pissing, I bet you!”
    • 1968, Charles Portis, True Grit, The Saturday Evening Post
      "I stood there through almost an hour of it before they called Rooster Cogburn to the stand. I had guessed wrong as to which one he was, picking out a younger and slighter man with a badge on his shirt. And I was surprised when an old one-eyed jasper that was built along the lines of Grover Cleveland went up and was sworn."

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jasper

  1. apply different colors of paint flowing together in order to make it look like jasper stone
    Jasper la tranche d’un livre.

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